Seriously, US military – WOULD YOU PLEASE STOP PUTTING GUNS ON ROBOTS?!
These robotic monsters with its array of big guns and mountain-climbing ability will soon be released on the Taliban and terrorists hiding out in their Himalayian (sic) hideouts and caves in Afghanistan.
Some people might scoff at the idea that science fiction raises any questions worth considering in the real world, but come on. You don’t need to have seen The Terminator to have serious concerns about giving AI guns and trusting it not to turn on us at some point.
When it happens, it’s going to be cold comfort that they go after you lot first.
UPDATE: I’m not convinced that the source above is right – I can’t actually see any guns on the images in the video, and the general design appears to be as an equipment-carrying device.
Still, it’s also not as if the US has declared that it won’t be putting guns on these robots – which is what I’d like to hear – so it’s still a worry. And they’ve already armed these UAVs – which, whilst usually remote controlled by human pilots, are also capable of autonomous flight. As in, flying robots with guns.
It doesn’t take too much imagination to see what comes next.